Ferguson, Gaethje make weight for UFC’s return

The principle occasion of the UFC’s first card in practically two months is now official.

Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje each made weight Friday morning in Jacksonville, Florida, for his or her interim light-weight title bout. Each fighters weighed in at 155 kilos. The cardboard is scheduled for Saturday evening in entrance of no followers at VyStar Veterans Memorial Area. Friday morning’s weigh-ins befell with social-distancing protocols in place because of the coronavirus pandemic, a part of a wider plan by the UFC and native officers this week.

Ferguson vs. Gaethje was initially scheduled for April 18 earlier than that card at Tachi Palace On line casino Resort in Lemoore, California was scrapped when the UFC was requested to “stand down” by execs from broadcast accomplice ESPN. Gaethje is filling in for Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was speculated to defend his light-weight title in opposition to Ferguson.

Ferguson (25-3) is on a UFC light-weight document 12-fight successful streak. The California native has received his final three fights through end and is taken into account – like Gaethje – to be one of the crucial thrilling fighters on the earth. Ferguson, 36, is a former interim champ and is at present ESPN’s No. 6 pound-for-pound MMA fighter.

Gaethje (21-2) has received three straight, all through KO/TKO. The Colorado native is a former World Sequence of Preventing light-weight champion and has earned seven fight-night bonuses in six UFC fights as a result of his thrilling fashion. Gaethje, 31, is ESPN’s No. 4-ranked MMA light-weight.

The co-main occasion rivals additionally got here in on weight Friday. Henry Cejudo weighed 135 kilos for his UFC bantamweight title protection in opposition to Dominick Cruz, who additionally weighed 135 kilos.

Cejudo (15-2) is ESPN’s No. 3-ranked pound-for-pound fighter. The 33-year-old Arizona resident is certainly one of solely seven fighters to carry UFC titles in two totally different divisions and is a former Olympic wrestling gold medalist. Cruz (22-2) has not fought since Dec. 30, 2016, however is considered maybe one of the best MMA bantamweight of all time. The 35-year-old San Diego native received 13 in a row between 2008 and 2016 and is a two-time 135-pound champion.

Jeremy Stephens got here in chubby for his featherweight battle in opposition to Calvin Kattar, weighing 150.5 kilos. A willpower on if that battle will proceed was not accessible right now.

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